Objective for this Page: To summarize and question the chorusís final comments on all that has occurred in the play.
The chorus notes the importance of wisdom and honoring the gods; they claim that since pride is undone by fate, we will learn wisdom from observing the proud being punished.
A theme for this play could be that wisdom is the source of true joy. None of the characters in Antigone showed wisdom in the decisions they made. Creon, in all of his pride, is struck with disasters sent by the gods to cut short his foolishness. Antigone's love for her parents and brothers leads to her taking her own life, embracing the dead and despairing of the living. Haemon and Eurydice express their grief for loss of their loved ones by committing suicide; both apparently blame Creon and would rather be with their loved ones in the afterlife than spend this life with him.
Assessment: Choose a study question and respond in a paragraph, citing evidence from the play to support your point(s).
Thanks to Renee Knight for contributing the commentary on this page.
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